UK (Birmingham), October 17, 2010
GezzyDiversion, on october 20, 2010 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Nowadays people assume that AXL can no longer sing because of his age, last night and indeed the whole of this tour he has proved his pipes are the best that they have been since 1993. You would think that having 3 guitar players would make the mix sound muddy, but the guitarists know where they stand with each other and pull it off really well.
DJ Ashba was sporting some custom decorated Les Paul's going into Mesa Boogie head and cabs, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal was using his fleet of Viper guitars including the double neck fretless guitar, going into Line 6 Vetta II and Engl heads.
Being at the front, I wasn't in the ideal position for the best sound (The best being at the mixing desk). But I could hear every instrument clearly in the mix. // 9
Perfomance: Guns really know how to put on a fantastic show, with a massive stage, over a hundred moving lights, onstage pyrotechnics and some great music played by some outstanding musicians.
I was surprised when they played Shackler's Revenge because I thought it would be a tough song to play live, but they showed they could play it just as good as on the album.
Set List for the night:
01. Chinese Democracy
02. Welcome To The Jungle
03. It's So Easy
04. Mr. Brownstone
06. Shackler's Revenge
07. Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
08. Live And Let Die
09. Instrumental Jam
10. This I Love
11. Rocket Queen
12. Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
13. Street Of Dreams
14. You Could Be Mine
15. DJ Ashba Guitar Solo
16. Sweet Child O' Mine
17. Axl Rose Piano Solo
18. November Rain
19. Bumblefoot Guitar Solo
20. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Whole Lotta Rosie
Paradise City // 9
Overall Impression: Show was opened by Sebastian Bach playing songs from Skid Row, Aerosmith and his own solo albums. His lead guitarist, Nick Sterling, being only 20 years old! Beer prices at the venue were at standard pub rates of 3.50.
There were signs as I went into the venue that the show would run late, and being a Guns fan you know that for the last 20 years they have never been on at 9pm, I was fine with waiting. The house lights went down at 10pm and they played for 2 hours and 15 minutes until 0:15am.
After Paradise City, the band came onstage to bow, Ron Thal whipped out his digital camera to take pictures of the crowd for Facebook and AXL gave a brief speech about having a cold (I didn't notice!) and thanked us all for coming out to see them.
I had a fantastic time and that night has become the best gig I have ever attended. // 10